nothing venture, nothing have

nothing venture, nothing have

c 1385 CHAUCER Troilus & Criseyde II. 807 He which that nothing undertaketh, Nothing n’acheveth, be hym looth or deere [be it hateful or pleasing to him].

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. xi. E1 Noght venter noght haue.

1559 T. COOPER Bibliotheca (ed. 3) s.v. Fortis, Fortune foretherethe [furthers] bolde aduenturers, nothyng venture, nothyng haue.

1791 J. BOSWELL Life of Johnson II. 166 I am, however, generally for trying ‘Nothing venture, nothing have’.

1841 DICKENS Old Curiosity Shop I. xxix. I’m sorry the gentleman’s daunted—nothing venture, nothing have—but the gentleman knows best.

1957 R. DOWNING All Change Here v. 36 ‘Jonah, aren’t you taking a hell of a risk?’ ‘Of course. We all are. But then “nothing venture nothing have.”’

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